Jacquelyn Joidean forced her breathing to quiet. Alone in the cupboard at the back of the classroom, she heard Henrietta Sanders finish the lesson plan for the last day of school. She should be back at her farm, taking care of the animals and preparing… Preparing for what? She shivered, despite the stuffy heat that wrapped around her. The book she held warmed in her hand. No, there was something much more important to do. She had to get ”Misty’s Magical Shed” to her grandson. Her mind wandered.
Franklin Joidean had no idea what his nickname Finny really referred to. That had been best. Now it was time to introduce him to the truth. But would that do any good? Did he have enough magic in him to understand? To see unicorns? Despite her impatience, Jacquelyn knew she would have to leave it to Harry, Henrietta, Jacquelyn corrected herself. Her long time friend didn’t like the nickname she’d used all through school, even though it had branded itself on her.
“You can come out now.” The door opened. “Mama Jack, it’s so good to see you.”
“It’s been too long Harry.” If Henrietta was going to use nicknames, then Jacquelyn was more than willing to join in. After all Mama Jack is how most everyone referred to Jacquelyn now anyway and she preferred to call her friend by her childhood nickname.
“Is that the book you want me to give him?” Harry took it into her hands and opened it. A pure white unicorn glowed with a blue sheen against a cream background, as it reared and pawed at empty air. “Ah. Misty,” said Harry.
“Glad to see you haven’t lost your magic.”
“What about Finny?”
The unicorn whinnied.
“We’ll find out when you give this to him.” Mama Jack closed the book’s red cover and handed it to Harry. “Now I better get back before someone sees me here.” She stepped into the closet. “His grandfather will be watching,” said Mama Jack, then shut the door. Dark swirled in. Time bent and straightened, then she was home. Soon Finny would join her. Would he be able to see Misty inside the book’s cover? Would he have the magic they needed to save their worlds?
Mama Jack stepped out into the farmyard. She had to keep busy until he got here. Besides Misty’s shed needed cleaning.